WALTER HERMAN STEVENS
Researched and compiled by Faye Bell (SLC) 2012
Walter Herman Stevens was born in
1899 in Nebraska, however, by the time he was
9 months old the family was living in Precinct 6 of Phillips Co, Colorado. The 1900
Federal Census reports he was the son of Thomas C Stevens and Etta and at that
time, he was the youngest of four children: Alta (5); Harley C (4); Edgar J (2)
and Walter himself under 1 year. (The proofer for the census records reads Walter at 9 years
putting him born in 1891, but the original image shows 9/12 and he is listed as
the youngest in the family.)
In 1910 the Thomas Stevens family is living in Liberty,
and there are two more children Roscoe (9) and Earle (3). Walter is
shown as being born in September 1899 in Nebraska.
Thomas is listed as widowed at this time placing Etta’s death after 1907 and
before 1910. In 1920 the Federal Census indicates that Alta Stevens is
living in Worland, Washakie Co., WY and is the wife of James I Case. The
following paragraph will show Alta’s own report, but there is no record of a
sister named Minnie although Alta tells about her. That places Minnie
after the birth of Earle and probably was born between 1907 and 1909.
Alta Stevens Case gave data to the book entitled, Washakie County
History by its people and filled in for the book a brief description of the
Stevens family in the 1920s and 1930s to the date of the book’s publication
(1976). She wrote that her brothers and sisters were a part of Wyoming early day
history. She said Walter came in 1920 and worked in Worland
and Ten Sleep for a few years that he married Pearl Simpson Riddle in
1930. Walter was a deputy sheriff in Ten Sleep and also worked for Holly
Sugar Co. Harley and Roscoe came from Cortex, CO in 1922 and worked for
Ted Rice in Ten Sleep and for the Holly Sugar Co. Thomas Carl Stevens,
Alta’s father, came from Fort Morgan, CO in August of 1922 to Worland, Washakie, WY.
He suffered a stroke and passed away in September of that year. A sister,
Minnie, came from Denver
for the father’s funeral and remained. She married Sumner Haynes, but
after a few years went to Texas
and settled there. Earle Stevens came for the funeral from Central City,
NE and worked for Porter Lamb and later Chas Orchard working with cattle and
sheep. Walter (as per the 1930 census) was working for a farmer
named Henry Doores and handled sheep and
cattle. It was the following spring May 23 1931 he married Pearl Simpson
Riddle in Casper, Natrona, WY.
The couple had two children: Joyce Arlene Stevens born 3 Oct 1932 and Walter
Dale Stevens born 8 June 1934. Walter Herman Stevens died in 1934 and is
buried in the Ten Sleep cemetery.
NOTE: Alta Stevens Case was living in Basin, Big Horn
Co, WY when she died April 7, 1985 (Social Security Death Index); it shows her birthdate as 7 June 1894. For your
information: Alta Stevens Case had four children: Ronald I, Laurel H,
Gloria L and Delores U (ages 14,7,2,1) in 1930 census.
That makes several cousins for Walter Dale Stevens.